VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Sergeant Leslie “Christine” Gary was the passenger in her silver 2007 Mercedes that was being driven by her oldest daughter, 27-year-old Erin Gary-Broaster, the day of the fatal crash.
On May 18, the day was just beginning for the mother and daughter, it was supposed to be a day of running errands and spending a Saturday together.
Left at home in the care of family was 2-year-old baby Ryan, Erin’s daughter. Her only child.
Moments after leaving their Victorville home on the east side of Highway 395, Sgt. Gary had no idea that they would be broadsided by a man who was ordered not to drive just weeks before.
As the mother-daughter duo was approaching Highway 395 preparing to travel through the intersection on a green light, traveling behind other cars that just cleared the Highway, they were broadsided by a red light runner, cell phone video captured.
Less than a mile away from home, Sgt. Gary sat in the wrecked car as firefighters worked to free her, and as paramedics pronounced her 27-year-old daughter deceased in the seat next to her.
Sgt. Gary was freed from the vehicle and rolled away to an awaiting helicopter.
The Daunting Task of Telling baby Ryan.
On Sunday night, the LAPD Transit Services Division provided an update and said:
“While she is recovering, she is also charged with having to tell Erin’s two year old daughter that her mom will never be coming home, and that she will be the one raising her.
We are partners with Sgt Gary, and in this family no one fights alone. If you find it in your heart, please consider donating to our sister in her time of need.”LAPD Transit
Her extended law enforcement family established a GoFundMe on her behalf and said:
“The actions of another driver have resulted in the loss of OUR SGT. Gary’s oldest daughter Erin. SGT. Gary will heal physically but emotionally is devastated. Her daughter was her “ride or die’ her “best friend” she is at a loss for words. SGT. Gary is a strong woman but we are asking for prayers, love, support and any monetary donation to assist with this unexpected loss. Thank you.”
Those who knew Erin Gary-Broaster said she was a devoted mother, friend and family member.
“Our family suffered a devastating lost [Saturday]. We lost an energetic, loving, funny and ABOVE ALL loyal family member. Erin Gary-Broaster was not just my niece, she was like my first born. Our family will never be the same, more importantly, my big sister Christine Gary will never be the same. Thank you in advance for all your thoughts and prayers,” stated Emanuel Tiger Gary
The driver of the blue Honda that t-boned the Mercedes was 28-year-old Victorville resident Ramiro Angulo. He also died at the scene.
Court records revealed that in September of 2017 Angulo was charged with a DUI and placed on three-year probation that was set to expire September of 2020.
But just shy of a year, Angulo was booked for a second DUI charge in September of 2018. He pled not guilty to the charge and 15 days before the double fatal crash, a Victorville judge ordered him not to drive. His next court appearance was set for June.
According to a previous Victor Valley News post, Angulo was leaving the scene of a hit-and-run crash moments before the tragedy.
Sheriff officials have not said whether drugs or alcohol are suspected to be a contributing factor in this collision as they are still investigating.
Those wishing to donate to the Sgt Gary fund can do so here: www.gofundme.com/sgt-gary